The TDA Board recognises the importance of responding to specific needs of rural and regional students and their communities. In early 2010, the Board approved the development of a Rural and Regional Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee has developed a policy position paper which outlines TAFE’s important role in the development and prosperity of rural and regional Australia.
Click here to view the TDA Policy Paper.
TDA’s policy position was reinforced in a 2017 submission to the Independent review into regional, rural, and remote education.
Functions of the regional sub-committee
The functions of the sub-committee will be to
- Assist the TDA Board and secretariat in its decision making process and in its representations on federal policy and funding issues;
- Develop a shared perspective on issues and practices relevant to communities, industry and TAFE providers in regional Australia, especially those that may not be readily apparent to state and/or federal governments or that are inadequately considered in their policy frameworks;
- Share information and identify further research and information needs relevant to the provision of TAFE services in regional Australia and to brief the TDA board on common issues and approaches;
- Co-operate in joint projects for regional locations across jurisdictional boundaries, e.g. curriculum development and delivery suitable for very remote communities, irrespective of state boundaries.
Have Your Say on Regional TAFEs
The TDA Board established the Committee in 2010 to consider and advise the Board on issues that have a particular impact on TAFE in regional Australia. The potential for TAFE to take a leadership role in regional development is outlined in a TDA publication, TAFE’s Strategic Leadership Role in Regional Australia, launched by the Hon Simon Crean, Minister for Regional Australia and Rob Oakeshott MP at Parliament House, Canberra in 2011.
For more information about the Committee’s role and activities contact André Diez de Aux.
Occasional Paper – Strategic Regional Leadership for the Future
Regional Development Australia – Mid North Coast (RDA MNC) and TDA have published an Occasional Paper which is a summary of papers presented at the ‘Strategic Regional Leadership for the Future’ conference held in Port Macquarie in October 2010. TDA was a key sponsor of the event. The conference was attended by both the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, and Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott MP.
Click here to view the Occasional Paper.